Flat water paddling: Surprisingly easy, seriously addictive

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Statistics show that flat water paddling and fitness training is the primary reason people purchase paddle boards. It’s not surprising, because this SUP discipline is the easiest—all it takes is the ability to balance and a reasonable level of fitness to get started—newcomers feel a sense of confidence right away. It’s remarkable how gently yet effectively core muscles are strengthened, too. The bonus is the environment: the experience of flat water paddling on a tranquil lake on a summer day is hard to beat.

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Some call it bliss: Some simply call it fun

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Flat water paddling is the activity of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on calm and flat bodies of water, such as lakes, ponds, and calm rivers. The experience of flat water paddling can be incredibly satisfying for a number of reasons.

Firstly, the tranquility of flat water paddling can be incredibly calming and meditative. The rhythmic movement of paddling on a calm surface can be incredibly relaxing and soothing, helping to reduce stress and anxiety levels. The peaceful surroundings of flat water paddling, often with beautiful scenery and wildlife, can also create a sense of serenity and calmness that can be difficult to find in our busy lives.

Secondly, flat water paddling can be a great workout that engages the whole body. SUP requires the use of core muscles to maintain balance and stability on the board, as well as arm, shoulder, and back muscles to propel the board through the water. The low-impact nature of SUP makes it a great option for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Thirdly, flat water paddling can be a great way to connect with nature and explore new environments. Paddling on a calm lake or river can give you a unique perspective on the environment, allowing you to see wildlife and landscapes in a way that you wouldn't be able to from land. Paddling can also be a great way to access secluded coves or other hard-to-reach areas, providing a sense of adventure and exploration.

Finally, flat water paddling can be a great social activity. Many people enjoy paddling with friends and family, making it a great way to spend time together while enjoying the outdoors. It can also be a great way to meet new people and connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for SUP.

Overall, the satisfaction of flat water paddling comes from the combination of physical activity, connection with nature, and peaceful surroundings that make it a unique and enjoyable experience.

The benefits of flat water paddling

Stand-up paddling (SUP) is a great activity that offers a wide range of physical and mental health benefits. Here are some of the core benefits of stand-up paddling:

  • Full-Body Workout: Stand-up paddling engages your entire body, from your arms and shoulders to your core and legs. The constant balancing and paddling motion require you to use your muscles to maintain stability and propel yourself forward, making it a great workout for toning and strengthening your muscles.
  • Low-Impact Exercise: Unlike other high-impact activities like running or jumping, stand-up paddling is a low-impact exercise that is easier on your joints. This makes it a great option for people of all ages and fitness levels, including those with joint pain or injuries.
  • Cardiovascular Health: Stand-up paddling is a great way to improve your cardiovascular health. The sustained effort required to paddle can raise your heart rate, improve your circulation, and boost your endurance over time.
  • Stress Relief: The peaceful surroundings of stand-up paddling, along with the meditative nature of the activity, can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. The rhythmic motion of paddling can be incredibly calming, providing a sense of serenity and relaxation.
  • Improved Balance and Coordination: Stand-up paddling requires you to maintain balance on a floating board while paddling, which can help to improve your balance and coordination over time. This can also have benefits in other areas of your life, such as reducing your risk of falls and improving your athletic performance.
  • Connection with Nature: Stand-up paddling provides a unique opportunity to connect with nature and explore new environments. Whether you're paddling on a lake, river, or ocean, you can enjoy beautiful scenery and wildlife while getting some exercise.
  • Social Connection: Stand-up paddling can also be a great social activity, allowing you to connect with friends, family, or other like-minded individuals who share a passion for the sport. It can also be a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

Overall, stand-up paddling offers a wide range of physical and mental health benefits that make it a great activity for anyone looking to improve their overall wellbeing.

My flat water paddling bliss

I paddle on the Columbia River near the small town of Castlegar B.C. Canada. Now and then vehicles slow down and watch from the road above. On one occasion a jogger stopped and called down to ask some questions: How can I try paddling?, Is it a good workout? and: Is it affordable? Now, of course, I’d send him here rather than shout my answers from the middle of the river, where he—like you—can explore these pages and resource links and find out why stand up paddle boarding is drawing so many converts. 

There are many disciplines for using a paddle board. Within the flat water category you can tour, cruise, racefly fish, explore, perform yoga or join exercises classes. Surprisingly easy, seriously addictive? You bet.

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Seriously addictive? You bet!